What Does "IGL" Mean in Valorant?

Anyone who follows the FPS esports gaming scene has undoubtedly encountered the term "IGL." However, what does it actually mean, and who is the person it refers to? Let's find out!

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Everyone has heard about the role of IGL, but not everyone knows who it is. Today we are going to explain to you exactly what role such a person plays in the team and what his exact responsibilities are. Without further ado, let's go!

IGL: Meaning

IGL is short for In-Game Leader. It can be said that it is the "brain of the team"; a person responsible for preparing the strategy, setting up the players on the map, and so on. It is from the IGL that the final decision on the execution of a particular move by the team often depends. Actually, we could say that IGL is the equivalent of the "team captain" from classic sports.

Almost every team on the pro Valorant scene has an IGL. Not only does this help keep the team in a stable structure, but it is also a form of sharing responsibilities. For example, an entry fragger (most likely a Duelist player) practices his aim while IGL prepares a strategy for him so that he and the rest of the team can take full advantage of that sweet aim.

How To Be a Better IGL?

To be a good IGL, you have to be someone the rest of the team has a lot of trust in. This is probably the most important thing because if that won't be the case, you will not be able to fulfill your role. Besides, it's obvious that such a role also comes with great responsibility. When preparing for a tournament, you should be the person who prepares strategies against a particular team and studies all their tactics. If you are IGL for a team that has the potential to get into the official VCT scene, it could easily become a full-time job.

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